Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


There are a few things that may cause your brakes to squeak, but not to worry, they aren’t all signs that something is wrong. However, your braking system is one of the most important safety features of your vehicle, and it’s good to be aware of how your vehicle works. Squeaking brakes could be caused by weather changes in Whitewater, moisture, a hefty load, embedded objects, worn brake pads, or simply a new vehicle! Keep reading to learn from the service team at Drive Burtness about your braking system. 

Weather Conditions

If your brakes are squeaking, observe the weather conditions. Are there patterns that you notice? Do they only squeak when it’s hot or humid? In this case, there isn’t much that can be done, but you can feel secure in knowing that you’re safe nonetheless. 

A Large Load

Another reason your brakes are squeaking may be that you’re carrying a heavy load. If you’re towing or have your car filled with cargo, then this may cause your brakes to squeak. It’ll take more energy to make your car stop, and the heat can make the brakes swell and squeak. 


Over time, a thin layer of rust can build up due to the moisture that condenses on the brakes overnight. When you start to brake in the morning, the thin layer can come off and that’s what may cause the brakes to squeak or rumble. 

Embedded Objects

If a large stone gets embedded in your brake pad, the caliper may push the stone deeper into the brake pad and cause a squeaking sound. Fortunately, rocks being stuck in the brake pad often loosen and come out by themselves. 

Worn Down Brake Pads

Squeaking also may be a sign of worn down brake pads. Over time, this occurs with normal use of your brakes. It may be a sign that you’ve reached the end of the wear limit for your brake pads and it’s time to replace them. You can easily do this by scheduling an appointment with Drive Burtness.

Address Squeaky Brakes at Drive Burtness

Hopefully, you now have an answer to the question: “Why do my brakes squeak?” If you’re wondering how to fix squeaking brakes, you can get in contact with us at Drive Burtness. Now that you know the reasons for squeaky brakes, you’ll be able to discuss with our experts what you think you’re dealing with. We’ll get you driving in peace around Janesville as soon as possible!

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